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Monday, October 20, 2014

Posts Tagged ‘emergency veterinary’

The Vet is in: GDV and prevention

What is GDV and How Can We Prevent It? John Litterine-Kauffman, DVM Surgical Intern   It is two in the morning. You have just been awoken by your yellow lab, Rufus, retching at the foot of your bed. He has been uncomfortable all night, but now he is gagging and retching as if something is stuck in his throat, but he cannot bring it up. His belly also seems bigger than you remember and feels tight when you go to calm him down. As a veterinarian working in an emergency clinic, ... Full Story

Marijuana and your pet

Marijuana and your pet

  Cannabis Consumption in Colorado’s Canines and Cats Jan Mladonicky, DVM Brownies on the counter? Yum! But our pets have no idea that there may be special ingredients lurking inside these tempting treats that can make them sick and are very likely to consume far more than the recommended “serving size.” Pet toxicities are becoming increasingly more common since Colorado legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes in 2000. A published study involving two large ... Full Story

Helping Dogs and Cats Adjust to Blindness

Helping Dogs and Cats Adjust to Blindness

Dana Dietrich, DVM Emergency Veterinarian Dogs and cats that go blind can, with time, adjust to their surroundings through use of their other senses. It is important to remember that each animal is an individual and therefore the amount of time it will take for this adjustment to occur will vary from pet to pet. The key is to be patient and calm. It will help your pet immensely to know that you and your family are there to help them through the adjustment period. Learning that your ... Full Story

A Cutting Edge Cancer Treatment for Pets

A Cutting Edge Cancer  Treatment for Pets

  Electrochemotherapy:  Brooke Fowler, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology) Oncology Specialist For decades, the mainstay of cancer therapy has been chemotherapy for systemic disease, one that affects multiple organs and tissues, and radiation or surgery for locally invasive tumors. Sometimes, however, tumors do not fit neatly into these treatment categories. After all, cancer is wily, unpredictable, and likes to follow its own rules. Local disease burden seems to be the most ... Full Story

Vet is in: Your Cat

Vet is in: Your Cat

In and Out of the Litter Box: Symptoms and Treatment of Feline Urethral Obstruction  By Dr. Danielle Huval Emergency Veterinarian   Feline Urethral Obstruction is a life-threatening emergency that occurs in primarily male cats. It is also referred to as a “Blocked Tom.” Common early symptoms that one may see at home include vocalizing (howling), frequent trips (increased urgency) in and out of the litter box, straining to urinate or defecate, excessive licking of back ... Full Story

Your pet and glaucoma

Your pet and glaucoma

  Glaucoma Abbey Holtman, DVM Emergency Veterinarian Glaucoma is a condition in which the intraocular pressure (pressure within the eye) is higher than normal. The classic symptom of glaucoma is a red and painful eye, but other eye diseases can present this way. It is important to understand that if glaucoma is left untreated, the pressure within the eye will continue to elevate and can cause permanent blindness. Additional clinical signs of glaucoma can include redness ... Full Story

My pet is having trouble breathing – What do I

My pet is having trouble breathing – What do I do?

          Dana Dietrich, DVM Emergency Veterinarian   Difficulty breathing is a common emergency encountered by veterinarians in small animal medicine. Getting your pet to a veterinarian quickly, so they can identify and address this life-threatening problem, will increase the likelihood of a positive outcome. Evaluating the animal’s breathing pattern can help determine if he or she is having difficulty because of problems with the ... Full Story

Your New Puppy and Parvo

Your New Puppy and Parvo

  Danielle Huval, DVM Emergency Clinician Supervisor   Having a new puppy is such a fun time for a family. Showing them off to friends and family, teaching them to walk on a leash, and socializing with other dogs are important steps to forming a great lifelong relationship. First visits to the veterinarian are packed full of information, which can be overwhelming. At an early age, puppies are vaccinated against many viruses, with Parvovirus, more commonly referred to as Parvo, ... Full Story

Pet euthanasia

Pet euthanasia

  Humane euthanasia – facing a difficult decision By Laura Higgins, DVM Emergency Veterinarian Brady Smith, a previously healthy 12 year-old Golden Retriever, woke his owners at 2:00 am, obviously distressed. Brady had collapsed, and the Smiths now found themselves rushing to the veterinary emergency room where he was diagnosed with internal bleeding likely due to cancer. There were procedures the medical team could do in order to stabilize Brady, and potentially even ... Full Story

Is my pet having a seizure?

Is my pet having a seizure?

                                                                   By Dr. Maggie Vandenberg Neurologist and Neurosurgeon Seizures are one of the most common neurologic disorders seen in veterinary medicine. Due to the variable presentations, they can be difficult to identify. Typically they are episodic and they cause an animal to have altered behavior prior to and after the seizure episode. In an event that an animal has a generalized (‘grand ... Full Story

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